#30 - Favourite memory of the HP fandom.
- Paris Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, on July 12th of 2011
I am not a fan of the movies, this is no secret, and when I started this challenge, I thought this 30th post would be dedicated to one of the fond memories I have of the books. Maybe the first time I read Harry Potter à l’Ecole des Sorciers, back in 1999. Or that time when I first finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in 2007. I was spending the summer in a host family in London, and I remember the mother asking why I was crying. Was I homesick? In a sense, I guess she was right. I was just not missing the home she thought I was missing.
I wanted to speak of these moments, but then I realised: this is not really a fandom thing. Because I was alone. And one of the most important thing about fandom is that it is a family.
This premiere was the first HP event I ever went to. And it was magical. I know, it seems obvious when talking about HP, but I truly can’t find another word to describe my experience this day.
I went with people from my Harry Potter Fanfiction Forum. There were about fifteen of us and we spent the whole day waiting under a radiant sun, laughing and chatting and reminescing about the best HP moments. We met new people, I got interviewed by TV, we literally had a blast.
Then it was time to enter the cinema, which was not really a cinema, but the concert hall Paris Bercy, where the biggest 3D screen ever was waiting for us. Actors came to present the movie. The French voices first. It was a great experience to see these people who usually remain in the shadows. And then our beloved cast. Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Jason Isaacs, Natalia Tena, Domhnall Gleeson, and our very own Clémence Poésy.
And when we actually got to see the movie… It was just awesome. Having friends to share it with, who all said “Marina are you okay?” after the Ron/Hermione kiss because I was squeeing so hard, crying in Alice’s arms when we saw Remus and Tonks dead on the floor, shouting “Connard” when Draco joined his parents, laughing when Filch tried to clean the Great Hall, and all applauding and shouting basically at every single moment. All 11 671 fans were united and most of us went out with tears in our eyes. I know I did, with my Ravenclaw tie around my neck and Ron’s wand in my hand.
So yeah, I may not be the biggest fan of these movies, but this premiere is my favourite memory of thirteen years of being a Harry Potter fan. Because as long as we’re united, we remain strong.
#29 - A character you’d like to see more of on your dashboard.
"We’re fighting, aren’t we? The message said Harry was back, and we were going to fight!"
- Dean Thomas
#28 - A ship you wish everyone else is into.
“Come on, Luna,” Dean called as he passed, holding out his free hand, she took it and followed him back up the stairs.
- Dean & Luna
#26 - A really emotional scene/moment.
- Nineteen Years Later
#24 - Scariest Scene
- In the Chamber of Secrets
#23 - Death Eaters, Order of the Phoenix or Dumbledore’s Army?
“I also think we ought to have a name,” she [Hermione] said brightly, her hand still in the air. “It would promote a feeling of team spirit and unity, don’t you think?”
- Dumbledore’s Army
“Can we be the Anti-Umbridge League?” said Angelina hopefully.
“Or the Ministry of Magic are Morons Group?” suggested Fred.
“I was thinking,” said Hermione, frowning at Fred, “more of a name that didn’t tell everyone what we were up to, so we can refer to it safely outside meetings.”
“The Defense Association?” said Cho. “The D.A. for short, so nobody knows what we’re talking about?”
“Yeah, the D.A.’s good,” said Ginny. “Only let’s make it stand for Dumbledore’s Army, because that’s the Ministry’s worst fear, isn’t it?”